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Alejandro Guzman: Creative Misunderstanding Through Art

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Alejandro Guzman focuses his artistic practice on the idea of creative misunderstandings through art. Guzman uses performance, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and video to explore his interest in human nature, behavior, migration, consumption and materialism.  A Puerto Rican artist living and working in New York there are cultural and historical references to indigenous folklore traditions, colonialism and storytelling combined with European and American modernism throughout Guzman’s work.

Also interested in shared human experiences, Guzman designs performances and art objects that offer experience and provoke thought.  For his exhibition, Intellectual Derelict, Guzman created a sculptural performance object, a dual character, one half covered in colorful flowers and drawings and the other in mirrors and black-and-white drawings.  The figure was involved in three performances that were meant to enhance a viewer’s experience with the natural world.  For another performance for AD Projects, Guzman wore a modified Vejigante mask.  El Vejigante is a historical figure generally part of Puerto Rican festivals.  He was born out of Spanish Christianity, West African Yoruba rites and Taino aesthetics.  The figure both embraces and resists his multifaceted roots and represents the ability to live both inside and outside society.

Always incorporating industrial and natural materials as well as his own drawings and sculptures, Guzman’s creations and performances are thoughtful, insightful and visually engaging.

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Hypnotic Portraits Of Hair

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Artist Brittany Schall created incredibly detailed drawings for her series Hair Studies.  The mixed media pieces are certainly portraits but are decidedly missing faces.  Instead she focuses entirely on each subject’s hair.  The flowing masses nearly seem to suggest a mesmerizing movement.  Locks tumble like smoke or water and imply the underlying form.  Each subject’s hair carries a seeming personality of its own, a portrait of sorts in its own right.

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Alexander Binder’s Occultist Energies

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Truly amazing work by German photographer Alexander Binder. He is influenced by a love of the spiritual and the occult, and his photographs really seem to capture and other-worldly energy.

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Andreas Franke’s Haunting And Surreal Series Imagines Underwater Shipwrecks Full of Life

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Austrian photographer and diver Andreas Franke has created a hauntingly beautiful series of images called “The Sinking World” in which he layers studio photographs over underwater ship wrecks. In 2009, the USS Vandenberg was lowered into the ocean off the coast of Florida to serve as an artificial reef. When Franke encountered the ship while diving, he was inspired by the vessel’s haunting emptiness. For the Vandenberg project, Franke superimposes photographs of recognizable, everyday scenes; the studio figures appear ghostly, as if they are re-enacting scenes that previously took place in a lively atmosphere. The empty ship becomes a site that reveals snapshots of a lost, surreal world, discovering the humanity that lurks among the ships hallways, passages, and decks. Franke creates an unexpected dream world where a viewer is pulled into a strange, new, and fantastical place.

This sunken ship not only provides the setting for Franke’s superimpositions, but also serves as a gallery where divers can swim up to Franke’s work, viewing his photographs in the very place that inspired his images. From the project’s website,

“The pictures engender extreme polarities: the soft, secretive underwater emptiness of sleeping shipwrecks is paired with real, authentic sceneries full of liveliness and vigor, thus creating a new world, equally bizarre and irresistibly entangling…

 

These spectacular underwater galleries make divers fall under their spell and display the work of the ocean itself. During the weeks and months under water the ocean bequeaths impressive, peerless traces to the pictures. It adorns them with a certain, peculiar patina, endowing them with the countenance of bizarre evanescence and transfiguring them into rare beauties.”

Franke has also created two other series of shipwreck images using period piece studio photography, as opposed to the everyday activities of the Vandenberg project. For the SS Stavronikita shipwreck, Franke superimposes photographs of people dressed in clothing and participating in activities evocative of Rococo. For the USS Mohawk, a WWII shipwreck, Franke imagines what life on the ship might look like, and creates a series of images in which the sailors have returned to haunt the ship. (via slow art day)

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Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s Abnormal Body Sculptures

Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s Camphor wood sculptures show a wide variety of wondrous human abnormalities. From a nine headed school girl to a 20 something young man with his skeletal structure resting outside his skin, kanemaki combines surreal imagery and painstakingly precise carving to bring his figures to life.

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Sponsored Post: LG Releases World’s First 34-inch UltraWide Monitor, Designers Rejoice!

TV monitors have been getting bigger and bigger every year but computer monitors haven’t been keeping up, staying at standard sizes and forcing creatives to place multiple screens side by side to get a wider monitor surface. Things are about to change with the introduction of the LG 34 inch Ultrawide QHD Monitor!

The LG Ultrawide Monitor gives you the freedom to see your work on one clean surface regardless of whether you’re working 2D or 3D.  When you’re working in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign, monitor landscape size is directly linked to efficiency of your work. For those of you who had used two monitors in the past you’ve felt the pain of having to calibrate monitors for hours so that the colors matched from one screen to the next. Well with the Ultrawide you don’t have to lift a finger. LG’s own True Color Finder software and built-in scaler robustly sustains color consistency round clock, across all of your images.

This monitor is a game changer for anyone working within the creative world. Regardless of whether you’re designing the next issue of a magazine, editing music, or working on the next groundbreaking 3D animation the LG 34 inch Ultrawide QHD Monitor is the only choice for you!

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Winkler + Noah Say “Not Even Death Can Stay Out Of The Show”

Each project carried out by Winkler + Noah has a meaningful focus with a motive to provoke serious thought. My favorite has to be the “Short Life” series. “We had been working for about a year and a half at the Shortlife project when we found a newspaper article with the following title: “DIES WHILE WAITING IN LINE FOR THE ART SHOW AND TOURISTS TAKE PICTURES”. An old man died while waiting to see the Raffaello’s exhibition in Florence and other tourists started to shoot at him with their cameras as if it were the most natural thing to do. This was the sad confirmation of what we were trying to represent in this photographic project: the end of respect for man means the end of everything: everything is legal, commercial and sellable. Nothing is private anymore, nothing can be stopped, everyone can do whatever he/she wants, without rules or morals, in a accelerating process that leaves nothing behind. Not even death can stay out of the show.”

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Mr. Chiizu the artist’s iphone app

Mr. Chiizu will revolutionize the way you take photos on your iPhone. Why? Because now you can bathe every picture in the best graphics around. Mr. Chiizu is a photo app like no other because they offer artist themes for download, and the art is goood. Take Martinez & Trees for example, they made a pack for lovers of fast food, kitsch and tacos, which is pretty much everyone. table: artist’s themes. The Mr. Chiizu team worked on this slick and seamless app for over a year until it was bursting at the seam with features.

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